Gibbon House

Jason Quinn

Ohoka, 2019 This North Canterbury house demonstrates that Passive House performance is not beyond the reach of first home buyers. One of the owners works for a supplier of high-performance building components and well understood the “massive benefits” such a house would provide his young family. His professional experience with multiple Passive House projects also contributed to a very smooth …

Swan Residence

Jason Quinn

The first Certified Passive House Plus in the Bay of Plenty is delighting its owner/builders with the quiet comfort it offers. They’re also delighted with their power bills, which have dropped from $160+/month to about $20. Heating demand and load performance are well below Passive House maximums and no energy for cooling is expected. Timber windows from Thermadura were chosen …

Kowhai House

Jason Quinn

    Dunedin architect Rafe Maclean had previously designed Passive Houses for clients but this build was for his own family. Several family members suffer from asthma and a warm, dry, healthy living environment was a priority. The simplicity of the three bedroom, two-storey home’s form helped to reduce construction complexity while making the home more thermally efficient. Clever design …

Browne Residence

Jason Quinn

Dunedin firm Architype designed and built this home for a couple relocating to Cambridge who wanted a comfortable, energy-efficient house that would meet their needs as they aged. The layout, structure, services and aesthetics of the building tightly work together to create a simple yet extremely high-performance building. The Browne residence was Architype’s first North Island Passive House project; its …

Gemmill Lloyd House

Jason Quinn

This home stands on a stunning site looking south-west over the dramatic coast line. The challenge the architects solved was to create a building open to those views while also sheltered from the ever-changing weather. A long elevation to the north-west serves to bring maximum sun, light and energy into the whole house. The house is built with timber studs, …

Senior Residence

Jason Quinn

This is a two-storey modern residence in the middle of Christchurch that replaces the family’s home damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. It was Christchurch’s first certified Passive House Plus home, generating power via a 7 kW solar photovoltaic array. The home stands on a waffle pod slab, a very thick and strong foundation that can be used where liquefaction risk …

Pitkin – Douglas Home

Jason Quinn

This striking family home is the first South Island residence to be certified as Passive House Plus; it meets Passive House performance standards plus generates as much energy as it uses over a year. Proving there need not be a trade-off between function and form, its architects were highly commended in the 2018 ADNZ Architectural Design Awards. The house was …

iDEAL House

Jason Quinn

The owners of this large, modern home were well-informed about high-performance homes and knew what they wanted: he was GM of Knauf Insulation and she worked for the Green Building Council! The house spans 245 m2 over two levels in a greenfields development south-east of Auckland and was completed in 2014. It boasts four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, …

Hohaia House

Jason Quinn

  Hohaia House sits unobtrusively among other new homes in a Matamata suburb, a modern, house with brick cladding and a long-run roof. But under the skin, it’s a very different thing to its neighbours. It’s certified as a Low Energy Building by the Passive House Institute, one of the first of its kind in New Zealand. It’s a new …

eHaus Parthenay

Jason Quinn

This striking family home was the first in Australasia to be certified Passive House Plus. Its performance has been monitored and reported on and it also features in the book Positive Energy Homes.The metal-clad south wall faces the road and is devoid of windows, blending in with the rural setting. The other three walls are clad with the Rockcote Insulated …